• Spotlight on NYU's Urban Future Lab

    Spotlight on NYU's Urban Future Lab

    “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” Felix Lipov, the lead software engineer for Enertiv, says. His company, which is responsible for the eye-catching display hanging at the entrance to the Urban Future Lab (UFL), designs and manufactures meters and sensors that work with proprietary software to give a granular picture of a building’s energy consumption from the circuit-box level—and to provide targeted recommendations about reducing waste—a vital service when by some estimates almost a third of the energy used in commercial buildings is squandered.

  • Interacting on the Intercoastal

    Interacting on the Intercoastal

    When they took a group of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering alumni on a Delray Yacht Cruise sightseeing trip down the Intercoastal Waterway in February 2014, the crew on board the Lady Atlantic could not have been more professional or accommodating. The narration was informative and the weather was ideal. The cruise was followed by lunch at 50 Ocean, an elegant restaurant overlooking Delray Beach, where alumni and their guests enjoyed a tasty meal, skillfully prepared and artfully served. But while the group unquestionably appreciated the cruising and dining, its members had also convened for a more serious purpose: to discuss the state of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in Florida and to brainstorm about ways in which they could help.

  • A Multi-Borough Back-to-School Day

    A Multi-Borough Back-to-School Day

    “About the only thing that still looks the same is the Brooklyn Bridge,” Lawrence Lapson joked. He was just one of the many members of the Golden Jubilee class marveling at the changes undergone by the school— and Brooklyn itself—since they graduated in 1964. Members of Lapson’s class— along with fellow alumni from all decades—gathered on the last weekend in April to rem- inisce, hear an address from Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan, view a presentation on wom- en in engineering, and see the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. In one respect, that musical may have been an appropriate choice for the Class of ’64, given that it features tunes that many of them remember fondly from their formative years. In another respect, however, this was not a crowd overly nostalgic for New Jersey—their hearts decidedly belonged to Brooklyn.

  • Getting a Job that Floats Your Boat

    Getting a Job that Floats Your Boat

    Within minutes of walking into the Electric Boat Corporation, which had been established in 1899 to build the world’s first practical submarine, the 54-foot-long Holland, Mitchell Shinbrot (’83BSME) knew he had found the place he wanted to work. The company’s bustling shipyard, which he toured during the interview process, seemed like a wonderland to him, and when he was offered a job as an associate engineer, he eagerly accepted.

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